As Hurricane Harvey continued to flood Texas, one Tennessee student thought of his family.
"Had this been a few days earlier I'd be telling my mother please leave but right now it's storming and it's storming non stop," said Joshua Ray.
The images coming from Texas can be hard to see, especially for Ray, a student at Trevecca Nazarene University.
He returned to school from Texas about a week before Hurricane Harvey hit, then the warnings of whats to come were ample.
"Its unfortunate that a lot of times I feel like its not taken very seriously. Maybe because it happens every so often," Ray explained.
Ray and his family live about 30 minutes north of Houston, in a community called the Woodlands. The distance from the coastline, however, isn't helping the floods. Many of the surrounding roads were flooded.
"I wish that we could be better prepared for this in the future," Ray said.
However, most of his concerns were with his mother and his disabled 9-year-old brother. "Mobility is a lot more difficult for my family," Ray said.
If the waters continued to rise as expected their safety could be in jeopardy.
"My family may be one of the families that need help in order to move," he said.
That is why Ray welcomed any help willing to head to Texas. "Those people who are going down to Texas, going down to the Houston area from all over Texas and all over the U.S., they're heroes and I definitely think we appreciate them very much," Ray said.